As reported over the weekend, Nokia has pretty much officially confirmed that it will be returning to the smartphone business next year. Today, HMD Global, the Finnish company who is designing and developing Nokia’s “comeback” smartphones, has announced that it will be present at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next year. The trade event is scheduled to open on February 27th.
HMD Global will have numerous stands at MWC 2017, which could most probably be used for showcasing the new smartphones that might be announced by Nokia at the event. Before Microsoft purchased Nokia’s phone business, Nokia was an active participant at the Mobile World Congress each year, and has announced several of its most popular handsets in Barcelona. In 2013, Nokia announced the Lumia 520 at MWC, which went on to become the most popular Windows Phone smartphone ever. In fact, the Lumia 520 still continues to be the most popular Windows Phone around.
So far, three upcoming smartphones have been rumored. Two of them being high-end devices and the “D1C” being a mid-range offering. The two flagships are expected to come with a premium metal unibody design, Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset, Quad HD resolution AMOLED displays, IP68 dust and water resistance certification, and impressive rear cameras utilizing Graphene-based sensors. The mid-range “D1C” on the other hand could feature a 5.5-inch 1080p resolution display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 16MP rear camera, and an 8MP resolution selfie camera. All three smartphones will run on Android 7.0 Nougat with the Nokia Z-launcher UI on top. A tablet has been rumored as well, although it isn’t clear yet if it will debut at MWC 2017 or if it will be released a few months later in 2017.